Pat Barker, in her Regeneration trilogy, writes about W. H. R. Rivers, one of the senior doctors at Craiglochart, a hospital for 'shell-shocked' offic..Show More »ers in 1917. Rivers was an M.D., an anthropologist, researcher, psychiatrist, who as an army officer regarded it as his duty to send men back to the Front if they were fit for duty. Yet also a caring, compassionate man, who endeared himself to his patients. And these included Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen! So a huge opportunity for a discussion of the First World War. There are the horrors of the trenches, the attitudes of civilians, the lives of the munition workers, bombing, rationing, and, throughout, the concern of Rivers for the men who pass through his hands.
He was influential enough that there is a Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Scotland at this time.
The eye in the Door is the second book of Pat Barker's excellent Regeneration Trilogy. The trilogy predominantly features real life characters su..Show More »ch as Dr Rivers and Siegfried Sassoon as well as imaginary characters such as Billy Prior. The series is set during World War One and covers the period starting within the first book from Sassoon's protest against the war up to the last book which ends as the war draws to a close.
The Eye in the door is character driven and centres primarily around Billy Prior and features themes around spying and being watched with the analogy of 'eyes' and the impact of of being watched and watcher considered throughout. In particular there is focus upon those who opposed the war and the impact upon them, their family and those who fought within the war
I am very familiar with this book, although this is my first time listening. The trilogy is a favourite of mine due to me having an interest within World War One. I found the reader peter firth to be interesting and engaging and it was intriguing that the voices he used are very similar to the voices I had allocated to the characters when reading.
I enjoyed the deeper meaning held within the story as well as further understanding the trauma that war places upon all individuals who lived during this period.
Despite knowing well events within this story I was engaged with the recording and found that I wanted to keep listening.
This is an audiobook which I would recommend to anyone who has an interest within the First World War due to its impeccable research and attention to detail as well as to anyone who just enjoys a good character driven story.